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Lowest and Latest Express Entry CRS Cut-Off both occurred in May

The results of the May 30 Express Entry draw focused on Provincial Nominees and Skilled Trades applicants.

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on June 4, 2018; updated June 7, 2018

Lowest and Latest Express Entry CRS Cut-Off both occurred in May

Latest, May 30, 2018 Express Entry and Lowest score May 2017

First the latest draw on May 30, 2018 for the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Provincial Nominee Program.

Candidates invited under the Federal Skilled Trades Program

  • Number of invitations issued: 500
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 500th or above
  • Date and time of round: May 30, 2018 at 14:52:06 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 288
  • Tie-breaking rule: June 7, 2017 at 20:11:13 UTC

Eligibility under the Federal Skilled Trades Program is discussed after the scores (below)

Candidates invited under the Provincial Nominee Program

  • Number of invitations issued: 200
  • Rank required to be invited to apply: 200th or above
  • Date and time of round: May 30, 2018 at 14:52:06 UTC
  • CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited: 902
  • Tie-breaking rule: March 23, 2018 at 05:38:02 UTC

If more than one candidate has the lowest score, the cut-off is based on the date and time they submitted their Express Entry profiles.

Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score distribution of candidates in the Express Entry pool as of May 24, 2018

CRS Score Range

Number of Candidates



































The numbers in this table reflect the total number of people in the pool overall, a few days before an invitation round. The score distribution may change as people submit new profiles and other profiles expire.

The table numbers in italics are a detailed breakdown of the bold number immediately above.

Lowest Scores ever, May 30, 2017

#65 – May 31, 2017

No program specified

Number of invitations issued

CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited


413 points


Candidates from the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Canadian Experience Class and Provincial Nominee Program were eligible for this round of invitations.

Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) Category

Individuals qualified in a skilled trade can apply to this program through Express Entry.

In Canada, the provincial, territorial and federal governments issue certificates of qualification in skilled trades after assessing the individuals training, trade experience and skills.

Minimum requirements

To be eligible, you must

  • Intend to live outside Quebec
  • Meet the required levels in English or French for each language ability (CLB 5 in speaking and listening), CLB level 4 in reading and writing.
  • Have at least 2 years of full-time work experience (or an equal amount of part-time work experience in a skilled trade within the 5 years before you apply. Full time work is a total of at least 30 hours a week for 2 years.
  • Meet the job requirements for the skilled trade for the applicant’s primary occupation as set out in the National Occupational Classification (NOC), except for needing a certificate of qualification
  • Have an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year or a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial, territorial or federal authority.

Eligible Skilled Trades

Skilled trades that are currently eligible for the Federal Skilled Trades Program are organized under these major and minor groups of the NOC:

  • major group 72: industrial, electrical and construction workers
  • major group 73: maintenance and equipment operation workers
  • major group 82: supervisors and technical workers in natural resources, agriculture and related production
  • major group 92: processing, manufacturing and utilities supervisors and central control operators
  • minor group 632: chefs and cooks
  • minor group 633: butchers and bakers

These major NOC groups are subdivided into different occupations (all are NOC skill type B).

Federal Skilled Trades Program applications must be based on the 2016 version of the NOC. However, an application that includes a Labour Market Impact Assessment (previously Labour Market Opinion or LMO) from Employment and Social Development Canada, based on the 2011 version of the NOC, will be  accept, as long as the occupation corresponds to a 2016 NOC code that is eligible for the program.

What counts as work experience

The IRCC regulations clarify that the work experience in a trade can only count if:

The applicant is qualified to independently practice that trade in the region where the work experience was obtained. In this scenario the work experience will count towards the 2 year work experience requirement.

IRCC cited this example: a plumber from Germany who worked for 1 year in Poland must provide certification as a plumber in Germany and also  provide evidence of being qualified to work in Poland for the experience to count.


While there is no education requirement for the FSTP, obtaining a Canadian post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree or an equivalency assessment of a foreign degree will earn additional points toward

Assessment by a province or territory

Each province conducts its own trade assessment hence the applicant is encouraged to check the requirement of the province where he or she intends to apply.  Shown below are links to each province.

If a specific trade is not regulated by a province or territory it may be federally regulated. The Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials provides information on credential assessment for all regulated trades in Canada.

Authors & Contributors

Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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